Tucson man wants to bring a marijuana dispensary to Parker – Parker Pioneer


At a work session Sept. 28, the Parker Town Council heard a presentation from someone who wants to put a medical marijuana dispensary in Parker. David Basila told the Council he recently won the medical marijuana license for La Paz County from the Arizona Department of Health Services. He wanted to introduce himself to the Council and tell them why he wants to put a dispensary in Parker.

Some Council Members noted Basila could have problems with federal law and the Colorado River Indian Tribes if he wants to put a dispensary within the Town of Parker.

Arizona voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2010. Basila said he’d run his own high tech business for a number of years before he got into the cannabis business in 2014. He said he currently has three licenses in Arizona, including one in the city of Tucson. He also has the license for Blythe, Calif.

Basila said he uses high-tech cultivation processes, and his products are sold in dispensaries around Arizona. He said his dispensary in Tucson has a reputation as one of the best in town. He said he’d received awards from the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce.

Basila described his safety record as “impeccable.” He said he also has strong security at his facilities and there have been few issues.

His company is involved in the community in Tucson, Basila said. They make many donations and contribute to local sales tax. He said his company is employee-centric, as people are their greatest resource.

While he already has a site lined up in Quartzsite, Basila said he really wanted to put a dispensary in Parker.

“This would be a win-win situation for Parker,” he said. “Users currently have to go to Lake Havasu City or Blythe. You could

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